Monga National Park
Park Overview
Monga National Park has something for all, with 4WD touring routes, walking and horse riding tracks to enjoy, peaceful places to picnic, and ancient forests to discover. Whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to picnic, a stroll through the forest, a challenging full day hike, or a scenic drive on a 4WD touring route, there’s something for everyone at Monga National Park.You’ll find cool temperate rainforest filled with ancient plumwood trees from the Gondwana Age, warm temperate rainforests and old growth eucalypt forests. Enjoy relaxing picnics along the banks of Mongarlowe River, with peaceful spots to watch the local wildlife and admire the unique Monga waratahs in flower.Take a short stroll through the forest along the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk at Penance Grove, or spend the day horse riding and walking in the footsteps of European settlers and Aboriginal tribes on the historic Corn Trail walking track.Whatever you choose to do, you’ll leave Monga feeling refreshed and rejuvenated by this beautiful pocket of soothing wilderness.
History of the Area
For over 14,000 years, the Yuin and Walbunja people have lived around the valleys of Clyde, Deua and Buckenbowra rivers. Walkers and horse riders can walk in their footsteps on Corn Trail walking track, which was one of the trails used by Aboriginal people to travel between the coast and the tablelands. There are many Aboriginal cultural sites in the park where stone artefacts, fire beacons and old campsites have been found.
Nature of the Area
Many of the plants you'll find in the cool, temperate rainforests of Monga are millions of years in the making. Related to the plants from the super continent Gondwana, they present a unique window to the past. The plumwood trees and soft tree ferns you see around Penance Grove are closely related to pollen fossils found in Antarctica. Some plumwood trees here have widths of up to four metres and are thought to be thousands of years old. Wander along the banks of Mongarlowe River and you'll also see the distinctive bright red flowers of the Monga waratah.
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